Mets reliever AJ Ramos will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, as the team told reporters, including the New Yost Post’s Mike Puma, late Tuesday night:
AJ Ramos has a torn labrum in his shoulder and will undergo surgery tomorrow.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) June 20, 2018
Ramos, 31, struggled in 28 appearances for the Mets this season, posting a 6.41 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 19.2 innings. He hadn’t pitched since May 26, after which he went on the 10-day DL with right rotator cuff tendinitis. The Mets hoped Ramos, who served as the Marlins’ closer for four seasons, would form an imposing late-inning tag team with Jeurys Familia when they acquired him at last year’s trade deadline (despite the fact that they weren’t contenders and didn’t have a clear reason to add a highly-regarded veteran). In the end, though, Ramos will finish this season having made just 49 appearances in a Mets uniform, having posted a 5.59 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over that stretch.
Ramos, who is making $9.225 million this season, is a free agent at season’s end. As he heads into his age-32 season coming off a pair of discouraging campaigns, it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll receive a significant payday on the free-agent market. In fact, considering severity of this surgery and his age, it’s possible that he’ll have to settle for a minor-league deal depending on how the market shapes up. Ramos probably would have been in position to secure a lucrative long-term deal if not for his tailspin over the past year, so this is very unfortunate news from a career standpoint. The somewhat fortunate news for the 2016 All-Star is that he’s already made nearly $21 million — including roughly $18 million during his arbitration years — prior to his first crack at free agency, so it’s not as if having to settle for a cheaper contract next year is going to set him back for life.